Antique 18th Century Georgian Mahoghany Paper Scroll Work Tea Caddy Box 1780

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A good antique Georgian scrollwork tea caddy, circa 1780.
The caddy of hexagonal shape, the front, back & cover with overall decoration of paper scrolls in stylized floral & foliate motifs. The caddy having a hinged lid with a turned brass hinged finial pull, the top having chevron shaped inlay, the interior lid also decorated with floral design paper scrollwork & a turned ivory finial pull.  Enclosed are twin compartments for storing tea with the original gold leaf lining paper. The front of the caddy having an inlaid diamond shaped ivory lock escutcheon & the original key is present. The caddy is in very good condition.

Paper filigree work was fashionable during the last part of the eighteenth century through to the early part of the nineteenth century. Paper was rolled up to create small coils and then gilded or coloured to simulate metalwork.
The technique was mostly carried out by ladies for amusement or taught at ladies’ schools. In 1786 an account of paper filigree work was published in the New Ladies’ Magazine illustrating stylised floral patterns and borders, palmettes and garlands. See A. Clarke & J. O’Kelly, Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society 1700-1880, pp.117-118.


5.5 inches high × 9.5 inches wide × 5.25 inches deep


high × wide x deep

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